Artur Beterbiev vs. Adam Deines Light Heavyweight Title
Showdown Set For Mar. 20 On ESPN+
Boxingís preeminent knockout artist, WBC/IBF light
heavyweight world champion Artur Beterbiev, invites American
fight fans for An Afternoon With Artur. Beterbievís title
defense against top contender Adam Deines ó Saturday, March
20 at Megasport Arena in Moscow ó will be televised live on
ESPN and ESPN Deportes (and simulcast on ESPN+) at 3 p.m.
ET/12 p.m. PT.
In the televised co-feature, welterweight contender
Alexander Besputin returns to action in a 10-rounder against
Argentine veteran Maximiliano Ricardo Veron.
Undercard fights will stream live and exclusively on ESPN+
at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT.
Beterbiev (15-0, 15 KOs), a two-time Russian Olympian,
returns to home soil for the first time as a professional.
He unified world titles in October 2019 with a 10th-round
TKO over Oleksandr Gvozdyk, solidifying his position as the
sportís top light heavyweight. Deines (19-1-1, 10 KOs) has
won a pair of bouts since dropping a decision to Meng
Fanlong and enters as the underdog looking to spoil
Beterbievís perfect record and status as the only current
world champion with a 100 percent knockout rate.
Besputin (13-0, 9 KOs) has not fought since November 2019,
when he bested Radzhab Butaev by unanimous decision to win a
version of the welterweight world title. The result was
changed to a no-contest after Besputin tested positive for a
banned substance. Veron (12-3-1, 4 KOs) is coming off a
career-best performance in November 2019, a unanimous
decision over Diego Ramirez (21-2 at the time) to win the
IBF Latino welterweight belt.
The following bouts are scheduled for the ESPN+-exclusive
portion of the broadcast:
Former Russian amateur standout Khariton Agrba (4-0, 1 KO),
a 2019 European Games silver medalist, will fight Venezuelan
veteran Jesus Cuadro (19-7, 15 KOs) in a 10-rounder for WBA
Continental super lightweight strap. The 25-year-old Agrba
is considered one of Russiaís top young talents, as he won
more than 300 bouts in the unpaid ranks before turning pro
in December 2019.
Azizbek Abdugofurov (13-0, 5 KOs) will defend his WBC Silver
super middleweight belt in a 12-rounder against fellow
unbeaten Pavel Silyagin (6-0 4 KOs). Abdugofurov, from
Uzbekistan, is ranked fourth by the WBC at super